This quote struck a chord in me. The truth of those words was an epiphany. My life’s hurts and hard times HAVE made me wiser.
Life is funny...first comes the test and then the lesson follows. Too often, I've failed the test, but those are the times that I have learned the most. It's hard to believe I am wiser for it, but I am.
While I would never wish the pain I have endured over the last year on anyone, I would say that the journey through my grief has made me a better person...stronger...more thankful...more open. I have learned lessons along this path that only this pain could bring.
As a parent, I have tried to shield my sons from pain and hardship. While this maternal instinct is grounded in love, I don't think I've always done my sons a favor in harboring them from all the storms in life. They truly needed some good doses of falling and failing to help them learn how to get up, dust off, and move forward with the wisdom of what NOT to do the next time.
And they needed to do this themselves...without my intervention. Another lesson learned after the test.